Puerto Rico Chapter Governors-elect Candidates' Bios and Statements

The ballots for the current Governors-elect election have been mailed. The voting membership (Masters, Fellows, Members, and Resident/Fellow Members with an electdate of 1/1/2014 or earlier) can vote online or mail-in ballot. You would need your mailed ballot with your ACP Member Number and Election Passcode in order to make a vote. Below are the bios and statements of the candidates that are running in this election. Online voting began on September 21, 2016 and ends on November 9, 2016 at 11:59 PM Eastern. Please be sure to vote!

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Myriam Z. Allende-Vigo, MD, FACP

Education: MD MBA University of Puerto Rico

Post Doctoral Training: Fellowship Endocrinology University Hospital Puerto Rico

Certification: Internal Medicine- Endocrinology and Metabolism

Present Position: Private practice Endocrinology, solo practice in Humacao, Puerto Rico

ACP Chapter Activities/Leadership Activities: I have been a presenter at several local ACP annual mtgs. and judge of residents' research competition. I have also been the co-author and mentor for research papers presented by residents.

ACP National Activities: FACP 1990

Other Appointments/Activities: 1999-2015 Professor of Medicine UPR School of Medicine, 1979-present Private solo practice in Endocrinology, 2003-2015 Chief, Endocrinology Section UPR School of Medicine, 2009-present Chair AACE Diabetes Day for Primary Care Physicians (5), 2012-2013 Chair AACE Clinically relevant Issues in Endocrinology Course (2), 2010-2013 Board of Directors American Assoc of Clinical Endocrinologists, 2013-2014 Board of Trustees American College of Endocrinologists, 2013/2015 Buena Vida Doctors Choice Award, 2016 AACE Humanities & Medical Excellence Ethics Award

Areas of Professional Interest/Expertise: Lectured and researched in the fields of Diabetes Mellitus, Adipose Tissue, Arterial Hypertension, Lipid Disorders, and Osteoporosis. A recognized speaker and presenter on the local, national and international levels.  I'm a past president of the Puerto Rican Society of Endocrinology and Diabetology (SPED) and current president of the AACE PR Chap. I belong to several professional societies such as Alpha Omega Alpha, American Diabetes Association (ADA), the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD), and the Endocrine Society.

Candidate's Statement:

My professional career gave me the opportunity of successfully leading several professional societies into attaining a solid financial status while being recognized for the highest quality educational offerings. My background teaching medical students and residents was a natural preceding step to organizing academic activities. Physicians have to get involved in continuous education in order to remain up to date in the care of their patients. The practice of internal medicine is continuously evolving and changing. ACP members need to keep on top of these changes in order to survive. The Governor of ACP is in a privileged position to lead internists in Puerto Rico in keeping with changes in the practice of medicine by organizing regional events and re-activating the membership. I see the position as the link between the array of practice resources offerings’ at the national level and their implementation at the local level.


William Santiago-Rivera, MD, FACP

Education: MD University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine 1997-2001

Post Doctoral Training: Internal Medicine Residency, Hospital Episcopal San Lucas (HESL), Ponce, PR 2001-2004

Certification: ABIM 2004, re-certified 2014

Present Position: Program Director Internal Medicine Residency HESL (2011-2016), Private practice, Assist. Professor PHSU (Ponce Medical School)

ACP Chapter Activities/Leadership Activities: Annual chapter meeting 2010, 2013

ACP National Activities: ACP Annual Meeting 2016, ACP Annual Meeting 2011, Fellow 2009

Other Appointments/Activities: Hospital Episcopal San Lucas annual meeting, 2013-2016, American Council Graduate Medical Education annual meeting 2013, 2015, American College of Sports Medicine annual meeting, 2014, Graduate Medical Education Comm., HESL 2011- present, Active Staff HESL , since 2005, Physician Champion HESL, Ponce, PR since 2014, Resident evaluation using milestones, Faculty development workshop, Ponce School of Medicine, Ponce , PR. 2014, Best Healthcare of PR, LLC, Exercise Prescription Advisor 2013-2015, President, Ad Hoc Internal Review Comm. , Pediatrics Residency, HESL 2012-2013

Areas of Professional Interest/Expertise: Preoperative risk assessment, Wellness in clinical practice (specifically, physical activity assessment and exercise prescription), Leadership in hospital medicine

Candidate’s Statement:  

I am very honored to be nominated for ACP PR Chapter Governor. I look forward to helping ACP continue its mission to provide education to our medical community. In these times of economical hardship and unsustainable healthcare costs, disease prevention plays a major role. Our chapter can contribute to our society by teaching our physicians about healthy lifestyles, physical activity assessment, exercise prescription, etc. We can forge alliances with other medical societies in order to improve our success in implementing these changes. Also, but not least, our residents and students can benefit of early career training in these topics, which are not covered during traditional medicine training. This will help (or at least contribute to) change our current healthcare standard practice which is disease treatment, instead of disease prevention.